Food Crisis Ministry receives $14.5K from Blue Ridge Fest proceeds

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative and Blue Ridge Security Solutions announced that the 18th annual Blue Ridge Fest raised a total of $185,000 to benefit nonprofits in Greenville, Anderson, Oconee and Pickens counties.

The festival, which was held in May, attracted more than 6,000 attendees and 450 classic cars, according to organizers.

In addition to local nonprofit North Greenville Food Crisis Ministry, which received a check for $14,500, benefiting charities included Anderson Interfaith Ministries, Developmental Center for Exceptional Children, Dot’s Kitchen of Westminster, Fair Play Camp School, Hidden Treasure Christian School, Oconee Presbyterian Service Fund, Rosa Clark Medical Clinic, Samaritan Health Clinic of Pickens County, The Dream Center of Pickens County, The Parenting Place-Prevent Child Abuse Pickens County and United Christian Ministries.

Representatives from both Blue Ridge Security Solutions and Blue Ridge Electric recently hosted check presentations for each non-profit organization receiving funds.

“This year’s Blue Ridge Fest, paired with Blue Ridge Electric’s 75th anniversary, has enabled us to support our community at a very high level,” said Charles Dalton, president and CEO. “We’re pleased to continually assist a number of charitable organizations that serve individuals within our area.”

Since 1998, Blue Ridge Fest has donated more than $2 million to nonprofits in the Upstate area that provide individuals with basic necessities such as food, shelter, clothing, and health care.

The annual festival boasts the “Upstate’s largest classic-car cruise-in” along with a beach night show and dance that features nationally known entertainers. Blue Ridge Fest is organized and executed by 250 Blue Ridge Electric and Blue Ridge Security employee volunteers, enabling the festival to maximize its proceeds to benefit local charities.

The 2016 Blue Ridge Fest has been scheduled for Friday, May 6 at the cooperative’s headquarters in Pickens.

For more information, visit the event website here.